5 Educational Innovations Happening Right Now | MedCerts

Is Short-Term Online Career Training Right for You?

Now is a great time to learn. Educators know more than ever about how students learn — and thanks to constantly evolving technology, they have the tools to meet students' needs.

Now, no matter where you are, you can access great training. The global online learning market is growing rapidly, and there are more self-paced courses than ever. Those programs are at your fingertips, offering educational innovations that were unheard of less than a decade ago.

Here are five of the most exciting education trends. 

1. Immersive Online Platforms

Online learning has become hands-on, thanks to technologies like automated reality and advanced 3D animations. Students can explore realistic virtual environments and practice skills using detailed simulations. At MedCerts, students can even interact with computer-generated "experts" thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

These advances have made online learning more engaging than ever. Students can learn vital career skills like patient care and computer repair online.

2. Flexible Learning Models

Education research has begun to demonstrate something educators have always known — personalized learning can help students achieve more. Now that technology makes personalization possible at new levels, it's easier than ever to find a course that adapts to you.

Providers like MedCerts offer programs that you can complete on your schedule. Everyone moves through the course at their own pace — no pressure to rush ahead or wait for others to catch up. You can spend as much time as you want on a subject or move through it quickly if it's easy.

3. Hire-and-Train Systems

Companies are beginning to respond to worker shortages by flipping the training script. Instead of going through traditional hiring channels, companies are partnering with schools like MedCerts to provide custom training.

MedCerts offers internal upskilling, cross-training, and personalized training for new hires. This lets companies hire first, focusing on fit and basic competencies, then teach new hires the skills they need to succeed.

The hire-and-train model gets candidates into jobs faster and offers more practical learning opportunities.

4. Expanded Career Support

Job placement isn't just a concern for employers. It's also a major focus for today's students, who need their education to pay off in the form of a job.

To meet this need, schools are offering more hands-on career services. At MedCerts, that includes resources like:

  • Emails with job leads

  • Searchable job databases

  • Job search coaching

  • Certification exam prep

MedCerts also offers personalized career help from live experts.

5. Focus on Durable Skills

Career development professionals like to talk about "soft skills" (people skills) and "hard skills" (technical abilities). But there's a new buzzword on the block — durable skills. And it's changing the way educators think of skill-building.

Durable skills are abilities you can carry with you throughout and between careers. They're skills like teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving and flexible thinking, and they claim their space in professional development.

Education providers like MedCerts are creating programs that help students develop their existing durable skills while building those skills for future resilience.

Getting in on the Act: Making Educational Innovations Work for You

MedCerts offers immersive career education programs in high-demand fields like healthcare and IT. We stay up to date with online learning best practices so you get the best possible experience. Check out our courses today and join the movement.

Portrait of Dana Janssen
Written by Dana Janssen
Chief Product Officer

Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.

Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.

Published on October 31, 2022

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